I use Cubase for producing backing tracks for my band, recording the band live while playing the tracks at gigs, and making demo’s in the home studio for the band. So I have a heavy use on midi/cut/paste/arranging drop/drag sections of songs, fly background vocals multiple times to multiple places as well as producing some pretty decent studio type demos.
I started with protools 6 LE or some such version probably 8 years ago. Finicky and crashed countless times. I have recently tried Abelton, Logic, protools (again), and Digital Performer. All of them probably could do what I want and I’ve even seen some guys do what I want with those programs.
The best DAW ended up being the one I already know how to run (Cubase). Just figuring out the routing on some of those programs took entire evenings.
Cubase may not seem as main stream as some of the others mentioned but there’s a bunch using it. For my part, I recommend it when asked and although not an expert by any means, I’m at least into the advanced range.
The biggest plus for me is the stability of the program. I can have my PC checking email, internet in the back ground, save files while they’re playing, cut/paste while playing and a bunch of other things that others just choke on. Pro tools way back when - if you moved the mouse at the wrong time, you’d get the BSOD.
Perhaps the point is, word of mouth goes a long way to me when inquiring about any product. I mention it when asked.